Faculty Profiles

Susan Baxter

Director, Writing Program; Senior Lecturer
Communication Studies
105 Moreau Center for the Arts



MFA, Indiana University-Bloomington
BS, Seton Hill University

Research Interests 

  • Convergence of Theatre and Journalism
  • Staging History
  • Adaptation
  • The History of the Holy Cross Sisters

Courses Recently Taught 

  • COMM 103W: Introduction to communication
  • COMM 313: Journalism
  • THTR 325: Playwriting

Professional Experience 

  • Spent 20 years as a free-lance writer, general assignment reporter, feature writer, and editor.
  • Taught Theatre History at Indiana University/ South Bend, and acting at Indiana University/ Bloomington.
  • Worked with youth at Saint Mary's Summer Camps; wrote plays for these students.
  • Also served as an Colorado Arts Council artist-in-residence for Colorado schools.

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • "Like a Mighty Tree: A Short History of Formidable Women." Full-Length Play at O'Laughlin Auditorium, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, 2015.
  • "Madeleva: A play in Several Voices."  Full-length play at O'Laughlin Auditorium, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, 2014.
  • "Confessions of the Chaff."  Full-length play at Little Theatre, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, 2009.
  • "Booth and Company."  Full-Length musical at Creede Repertory Theatre, 1997.
  • "Blossom's Wedding."  Full-Length play at Seton Hill University Guest artist Contract, 1989.
  • "Warbride."  One-act play at Creede Repertory Theatre, 1992.

Professional Memberships 

  • Dramatists' Guild of America